Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to your appointment and take you home afterward. Your companion is welcome to wait in our reception area, or they may drop you off and we will call them 30 minutes before you are ready to leave. Anticipate a two to two-and-a-half hour appointment.
At your appointment, you will be escorted into the Recliner Room, where you must relax with your eyes closed. You cannot read or work during this time. You will receive numbing and relaxing medication. The procedure itself will be very fast and you won’t feel any pain.
It is normal for your vision to be hazy or “smoky” immediately after your procedure. Keep your eyes closed for four hours after surgery, including on the way home. You will probably want to sleep as soon as you get home.
Avoid rubbing your eyes. If you must dry them, blot gently. Avoid eyeliner, mascara and other eye makeup for three days. You must wear eye goggles at bedtime for three nights to prevent accidentally rubbing your eyes or applying pressure to them as you sleep.
Your vision will be noticeably improved when you wake up the next day. The day after treatment, you can shower, wash your face and, if needed, rinse out any residual ointment leftover from the treatment.
You may return to all of your regular activities the day after your procedure. Avoid swimming, hot tubs, scuba diving and any other water sports for two weeks.
If you have any unusual pain that cannot be resolved with the artificial tears or analgesic drops we prescribe, call our office and speak to a member of our medical team.